Chain of Being
Time before it went to press.
CBS (Jan. 23, 1982) broadcast a 90-minute Vietnam documentary, widely hailed the U.S. press. CBS purported to reveal a 1967 Saigon "conspiracy," ordered by Westmoreland, to "suppress" intelligence data on enemy manpower, thereby deceiving President Lyndon B. Johnson and easing the way for the Communists' surprise 1968 Tet offensive.
In reality, Adler notes, CBSs conspiracy story was totally wrong, as former LBJ aides told CBS before and after the...